Excitement on the way to Oregon, May 13, 2017

The Best Western at Fort Bragg, California, (not to be confused –as I did, for no good reason– with Fort Bragg, North Carolina) overlooks the ocean. This morning I took this photo of a boardwalk across the street from the window of our room (upstairs, on the end):

View from our room at the Best Western in Ft. Bragg, CA

View from our room at the Best Western in Ft. Bragg, CA

Then we were off, headed towards Redwood National & State Parks and then Oregon. As we were whipping along the narrow, winding road, we whipped by these two good-sized fellows, still with velvet on their antlers. Needless to say, we stopped and walked back to get a better look. The elk checked us out, too, but continued to munch away. Several other cars after us stopped to look and photograph, too.

Elk through the trees by the road

Elk through the trees by the road

A second elk by the side of the road

A second elk by the side of the road

And this is why you need a viewfinder on your digital camera. I missed both large elk…

Why you need a viewfinder (no elk)

Why you need a viewfinder (no elk)

We stopped eventually for lunch and a brief visit to a thrift shop (thanks to the wonder of Google and the iPhone) in McKinleyville, then went on to the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center for the Redwood National & State Parks.

From the beach at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, Redwood National & State Parks

From the beach at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, Redwood National & State Parks

A Park ranger explained where the tree you could drive through was, and we picked up a map of the park. We set off to see if we could find more elk, since my photos this morning weren’t too good.

We found the tree, though I drove by it first, because the sign to turn wasn’t too clear.

A redwood that you can drive through, but we didn't (it looked awfully narrow)

A redwood that you can drive through, but we didn’t (it looked awfully narrow)

We found lots of elk at Elk Meadow. Here are a few:

Young-looking elk, shedding it winter coat, in Elk Meadow

Young-looking elk, shedding it winter coat, in Elk Meadow

Elk in Elk Meadow

Female elk in Elk Meadow

Elk digesting dinner in Elk Meadow

Elk digesting dinner in Elk Meadow

They were really savage-looking beasts, you notice:

Sign at Elk Meadow, Redwood National & State Parks

Sign at Elk Meadow, Redwood National & State Parks

It was getting late, and the sky was spitting at us off and on, and I wanted to get into Oregon before we stopped for the evening. A stop at a Starbucks gave us new energy, and Google and my iPhone (I’ve had it now about a week) helped us find a motel in Port Orford, Oregon.

It was after 7 p.m. when we arrived. We checked in, then took off to find food. Jacqueline wanted fish by the ocean. This was the best we could do:

Griff's on the Docks, Coast Gifts & Seafood Market -- and Restaurant. Port Orford, OR

Griff’s on the Docks, Coast Gifts & Seafood Market — and Restaurant. Port Orford, OR

The man was just putting the CLOSED sign in the window, but after some discussion, he let us eat. The food was quite good, the atmosphere what you’d expect of a little, informal place by the ocean. Since this blog focusses on glass, I took photos of the two really nice stained glass pieces in the windows:

Stained glass dolphins, in the window of Griff's Restaurant

Stained glass dolphins, in the window of Griff’s Restaurant

Stained glass turtle and fish in the window at Griff's Restaurant, Port Orford, OR

Stained glass turtle and fish in the window at Griff’s Restaurant, Port Orford, OR

The background is actually:

View of the Pacific Ocean from Griff's gifts and restaurant, Port Orford, OR

View of the Pacific Ocean from Griff’s gifts and restaurant, Port Orford, OR

Next to the restaurant were several boats:

Boats out of the water and on the dock at Port Orford, Oregon

Boats out of the water and on the dock at Port Orford, Oregon

Tomorrow we head north, aiming for Washington, as close to Seattle as possible.

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2 Comments

  1. Yecenia

     /  May 17, 2017

    Beautiful pictures!

  2. Christel Brumann

     /  May 14, 2017

    Diane, it is really a joy to read about your travel. It make me want to go on a trip myself.
    Enjoy!

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